Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Local News

June 24, 2014

BCSC will hire PR firm

Public relations firm Roundhouse Resources, Indianapolis, works closely with Aglow Marketing, Indianapolis, which helped boost Batesville Community School Corp. and Batesville Community Education Foundation Web sites and billboards, superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts told the board at the June 16 meeting.

He reported that officials have been partnering with Roundhouse Resources during the last three months on a trial basis. The company was instrumental in connecting BCSC with the statewide TV show “Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick.” After administrators, Lowery and Batesville Tool & Die President Jody Fledderman discussed how Ivy Tech Community College is boosting learning for BHS students June 4, Lowery reported he received e-mails from the Ivy Tech president, lieutenant governor and a U.S. representative.

Roberts suggested that BCSC sign an agreement with the firm, which can help the district become more visible in Indiana and nationally. “This can result in us receiving some grant awards as well as some recognition for our schools and staff .... Those kinds of things we are not able to do just by ourselves. I see that as a (potential) monetary gain for our corporation.” He was given permission to pursue a relationship with the firm. He noted, “This is a potential expenditure of money, believing it will result in financial opportunities.”

Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

More agenda items • 2014-15 milk and bread quotes for the four school cafeterias were "more expensive than a year ago," Roberts said. The board voted to ink contracts with Trauth Dairy with a lower quote than Prairie Farms; and Klosterman, the only bidder, for bakery products. • Chocolate fat-free milk is the overwhelming favorite, with 269,638 cartons consumed last year as opposed to 67,000 cartons of 1 percent white milk. Each carton of chocolate milk will cost 20 percent more in the next school year, going from 20.9 to 26 cents. The superintendent made two recommendations in order to maintain costs and the board agreed: an extra carton of milk increases to 45 cents from 40 cents (the first one is included in the meal); and adult lunches rise to $3.50 from $3. "It really costs us about $3.27" for each adult meal. • Roberts announced the BCSC budget time line: Aug. 26 and Sept. 2, dates of newspaper publication; Sept. 15, budget hearing, 6 p.m.; Oct. 20, budget adoption, 6 p.m.; Oct. 21, forms submitted. • He was the keynote speaker at the Healthy Communities Conference in Evansville June 3. He discussed the district's Coordinated School Health Program. • Personnel changes were approved: Certified - new: Kera Davis, BPS first-grade summer school teacher (Gail Streit withdrew); Lauren Siefert, BHS family and consumer science teacher; Laura Tucker, BHS Spanish teacher; Deidre Laker, BHS English summer school teacher; Lisa Gausman, BHS math summer school teacher; Randi Stirn, BHS special education summer school teacher; Cassie Mumaw, BHS agriscience summer school teacher; Eric Stauffer, BHS band summer school teacher. Classified - resignations: Angela Williams, BPS moderate cognitive disorder instructional assistant; Sheryl Voss, BPS first-grade instructional paraprofessional; Rita Wallpe, BPS kindergarten instructional paraprofessional; Tessa Schrank, BHS cafeteria staff; new: Sarah Massey, BPS kindergarten instructional paraprofessional; Elizabeth Koester, BPS first-grade instructional paraprofessional; Betsy Sherwood, BPS second-grade instructional paraprofessional; Kelley Bedel, BIS clinic aide. Extracurricular - resignation: Jere Schoettmer, BCSC Destination Imagination coordinator; new: Garrett Meyer, Mitchell Taylor and Luke Williams, BHS summer volunteer basketball coaches; Cindy Blessing, BCSC Choices Program coordinator.

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